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Resolution Passes to Demand Release of Jan 6 PATRIOTS

During the June meeting for the 11th CDRC, the board overwhelming passed a resolution to demand the release of the January 6 Patriots that are being persecuted by illegal federal actions. The resolution is as follows:


Resolution of the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee

Demanding Release of Jan. 6 Patriots Being Persecuted by Illegal Federal Actions


Whereas the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense;” and


Whereas the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted;” and


Whereas, on January 6, 2021, a crowd of approximately 2,000 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in order to protest the criminal conspiracy to shift the lawful results of the Nov. 2020 presidential election; and


Whereas a small number of individuals who participated in the protest subsequently entered the Capitol Building; and


Whereas at least 725 people were arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, with charges ranging from obstruction of an official proceeding to assault; and


Whereas two protesters were killed as a direct result of the Jan. 6 protest, both at the hands of the Capitol Police: Retired Army veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was unarmed and standing on the other side of a closed door, when she was deliberately shot to death by a Capitol police officer, and protester Rosanne Boyland, who was trampled by a stampede created when Capitol police officers unleashed pepper gas on the crowd and then beaten with a stick by one of those police officers while lying unconscious on the pavement; and


Whereas the Capitol Police officers who were responsible for the deaths of Babbitt and Boyland have not been held accountable for their actions; and


Whereas one person, later identified as Ray Epps, was prominently and significantly seen on numerous videos as actively encouraging and directing peaceful protesters to enter the Capitol building before and during the protest. A photo of Mr. Epps was at first displayed along with the photos of many legitimate protesters, as being wanted by government investigators, but was quickly and suspiciously removed. Mr. Epps was subsequently interviewed by the FBI and the January 6th Commission, and was found to be “...not a fed” in testimony that is being actively suppressed to the public. As of this date, Mr. Epps has not been arrested or charged with anything related to the January 6 protest; and


Whereas, over a year later, only around one-tenth of those arrested—71 individuals—have received criminal sentences, while the rest are awaiting trial or haven’t yet reached plea agreements; and


Whereas on Thursday, November 4, 2021, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Washington D.C. jail and reported that detainees are being held in solitary confinement and have virtually no medical care, very poor food quality, and are being “put through re-education, which most of them are rejecting.” She says the detainees are feeling forgotten and hopeless; and


Whereas on January 3, 2022, an official letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons was released, demanding that they address reports of abusive and inhumane treatment toward prisoners held on charges related to January 6. The letter states, “Regardless of the charges faced, every incarcerated human being is to be treated humanely and with due consideration of their rights. Evidence of 8th Amendment violations and denial of basic medical needs have been brought to the attention of Congress. We, the undersigned, are officially advising you, Director Carvajal, that you are to immediately address the abhorrent persecution of American citizens being held in pre-trial detention under your watch.” The letter was signed by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and thirteen other members of Congress; and


Whereas on February 25, 2022, protester Matthew Perna hanged himself in his garage after learning that the Department of Justice planned to seek sentencing enhancers that could have put him in prison for 41 to 51 months. Perna spent 20 minutes in the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, and was not accused of vandalism, violence or engaging with police. According to the New York Post, Mr. Perna had pled guilty in Dec. 2021 to four charges related to the protest, because of “constant delays in hearings and postponements” which dragged out for over a year. According to his obituary, his “heart broke and his spirit died;” and


Whereas, on March 14 2022, it was reported by Sarah N. Lynch of Reuters that Federal prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges against defendant Lucas Denney and release him from jail, as a result of a rare admission in a court filing that the Justice Department had violated his legal right to a speedy trial. Mr. Denney had spent several months in jail, until the government finally secured an indictment against him on March 7, 2022. During that time, Denney was never provided an initial appearance in court as is required by the District of Columbia, in spite of several failed attempts to arrange for one; and


Whereas, according to media reports on cable news, radio and print, as of March 24, 2022, there are still between 70 and 80 protesters being held in the Washington D.C. jail, without adequate food, medical supplies or legal representation, while awaiting trial; and


Whereas the FBI has confirmed after a thorough investigation that there was no “insurrection” on January 6, 2021, and that there is “scant evidence” that there was an organized plot to overturn an election; and


Whereas the rights bestowed on all citizens by our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, including the rights of a defendant to be told of the charges against them (Article V); the right to avoid excessive bail (Article VIII); the right to a speedy trial with the assistance of Counsel (Article VI); and the right not to be deprived of liberty in unreasonable conditions without due process of law (Article V) have been egregiously violated,

Therefore, the 11th Congressional District Republican Committee calls on every Republican leader, including but not limited to every member of the Republican State Committee, throughout Michigan, to officially demand the release of all January 6 detainees, as the Federal witch hunt that has persecuted them up to this point can no longer be trusted to administer justice. The 11th Congressional District Republican Committee further calls on every Republican leader to continue to pursue correction of this egregious miscarriage of justice, until every January 6 political prisoner is released from incarceration.


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